Today's Big Superhero-Movie Rumor: Johnny Depp Being Eyed to Star in Marvel's 'Dr. Strange'

Today's Big Superhero-Movie Rumor: Johnny Depp Being Eyed to Star in Marvel's 'Dr. Strange'

Jan 14, 2014

Johnny DeppHot on the heels of yesterday’s big announcement that Michael Douglas will be playing Hank Pym in Marvel’s Ant-Man movie comes another bombshell casting update – but this one is still just a rumor.

According to website Latino Review, Marvel is talking with Johnny Depp about playing the title character in its upcoming Dr. Strange movie. Talk about potentially perfect casting…

Depp, who’s earned Disney billions of dollars in box office revenue through his work in the Pirates of the Caribbean films, is also a comic fan and interested in joining the Marvel universe alongside guys like Chris Hemsworth and Sam Jackson. The move could be perfect for both parties – Depp’s a bona fide box office draw (The Lone Ranger being an exception) who would certainly help make one of Marvel’s less mainstream characters an easier sell to the non-comic-reading crowd. Starring in the film could prove that The Lone Ranger was an anomaly in the Depp’s career.

The actor won’t come cheap, but his well-established relationship with Disney and proven box office track record could very well help convince the usually cost-conscious Marvel to splurge. Thus far, the studio has kept actor salaries – with the exception of Robert Downey Jr. – low. With RDJ talking about stepping away from Iron Man at some point, Depp could be the marquee name in the Marvel universe moving forward. Plus, how great would it be to see Depp and RDJ working together in these films?

It should be noted that this all still just a rumor – and that even if Marvel and Depp have met, it doesn’t mean they’ll be able to bang out a deal, but it’s fun to think about the possibilities. Should Depp take the role, Latino Review points out that the script for Dr. Strange would have to be reworked a bit – but I doubt anyone would complain about that. In theory, we’d probably get our first look at Depp as Strange in one of the postcredit sequences for the upcoming Phase Two films, which would help set up the full feature as part of Marvel’s Phase Three.

What do you guys think? Does the idea of Johnny Depp donning Dr. Strange’s cape fill you with glee or do you have someone else in mind for the part? 

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